Firefighters from three crews respond to car fire on M40 near Banbury

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Firefighters from three crews responded to a car fire on the M40 near Banbury over the weekend.

Crews from the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Brackley Fire with the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service responded to the car fire on the evening of Friday July 10.

The car fire was located between Junction 10 Cherwell Valley and Banbury on the M40.

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he vehicle suffered a mechanical fault spraying oil which ignited getting fire to the engine compartment and the underneath of the car.

A passing motorist was able to use an extinguisher to knock back the fire prior to crews arriving.

A spokesperson for the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Given the risks involved Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue would advise motorists not to try and tackle vehicle fires themselves.

"Stopping on the motorway is dangerous, as is getting out of your vehicle on the hard shoulder.

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"In addition, vehicle fires can have explosive aspects to them, due to tyres and other elements like gas struts, which can become projectiles and cause serious injury. Furthermore, the smoke given off by vehicle fires is particularly toxic and small amounts can be very harmful."

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